What does Estonia have to do with Scandinavia today? While maintaining a unique style, Estonian design, architecture, cuisine, and fashion have influences from northerly neighbours. While strolling the streets of Tallinn, one will notice high end fashions and small designer shops featuring knitwear, leather goods and colourful woven fabrics. Estonian design often mixes traditional patterns or materials like sheep's wool or oak wood into cutting edge compositions. Estonian cuisine is hearty and wholesome, much like Scandinavian food, but incorporates ingredients from the nearby forests and Baltic sea in unique ways: think sprat sandwiches, rich, black bread and wild game.
Round trip destinations
When exploring Northern Europe, do as the vikings did: sail! The capitals of Scandinavia are situated on the sea, making for easy access via ship. Multiple cruise companies offer daily departures between Tallinn and Stockholm, Helsinki and St.Petersburg. When disembarking your vessel in Tallinn's harbour, the city centre is a mere 10 minutes walking distance away. Because of its compact and convenient layout, visitors stopping briefly in Tallinn will be able to see the highlights of the city like the medieval Old Town. Those with more time to spare, however, will be rewarded for venturing outside the capital. Tartu lies only three hours Southeast and is home to one of Northern Europe's oldest universities. Pärnu, called the summer capital for its beaches, is only two hours to the South. In fact, Estonia's quaint towns, national parks and numerous islands are all accessible within a day or two of Tallinn. The only hard part will be choosing from all Estonia's offerings.